Chris S. Johnson, CISSP, CISM

Director, Cybersecurity Operations Center

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Mr. Johnson serves as the Director of the Cybersecurity Operations Center at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Named to the position in March 2019, Mr. Johnson oversees the 24x7 cyber network defense of NGA’s global information technology enterprise. He leads a combined civilian-contractor-military workforce of approximately 150 across multiple NGA mission locations. Mr. Johnson was appointed as the Intelligence Community Tri-Chair on the Committee on National Security Systems Subcommittee in November of 2018.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Johnson served as the Chief of Risk Management for the Intelligence Community Chief Information Officer (IC CIO) at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In this role he supported and advised the IC CIO and IC Chief Information Security Officer in managing the shared risk of the IC Information Environment by leading and coordinating performance analysis, independent security assessments, enterprise IT risk assessments, and cybersecurity planning and budgeting functions for the Intelligence Community. Additionally, he served as the United States Representative to the Five Eyes Enterprise Information Assurance Group where he represented U.S. policy positions and interests to a group of multinational cybersecurity experts chartered to ensure the secure and trusted intelligence sharing, integration, and collaboration between five partner nations.

Mr. Johnson has over 17 years of experience in the public and private sectors, gaining expertise as an electronics technician, cybersecurity officer, and IT Program Manager. He joined the federal service in 2012 with the NGA, focusing on cybersecurity, vulnerability analysis, and risk management. His work on strategic planning, budgeting, and program execution began in 2014, when he became the first Cybersecurity Lead for NGA’s newly established Portfolio Management governance structure.

From 2007-2012, Mr. Johnson was a defense industry consultant, providing services related to IT risk management, assessment and authorization of information systems, and cybersecurity testing and evaluation for the U.S. Air Force and NGA.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Johnson served on active duty from 2001-2007 as an AEGIS SPY1A radar systems technician on board the USS Yorktown, and an IT systems and network administrator for Tactical Air Control Squadron 12. He has served in U.S. Navy Reserve since leaving active duty and currently holds the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Excelsior College and is a member in good standing with ISC2 and ISACA, holding the credentials of Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and Certified Information Security Manager.